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Radiesse

Creating a scaffold for natural
collagen production

What is Radiesse?

Radiesse is a dermal filler that is FDA-approved to treat moderate-to-severe facial volume loss and wrinkles, such as nasolabial folds, cheekbone, chin, and temples. It’s also great for hand rejuvenation.

Radiesse, unlike hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers, is a gel consisting of calcium-based microspheres that provides a more long-term solution through its biostimulation of natural collagen in the skin.

What is Collagen?

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body! It’s a very important structural protein and is thus used all over the body to keep our tissues robust and hold them together. The skin thus relies heavily on collagen to keep its structural integrity, elasticity, and youthfulness.

How is Radiesse used?

One significant age-related change in our skin over time is a decrease in collagen production. This can be a huge contributor to facial volume loss and loss of skin elasticity, leading to wrinkles and lines, and sagging of the skin.

Radiesse can be injected in areas of more moderate to severe volume loss, which not only provides instant volume increases and smoothing but also stimulates collagen growth in the skin. Its formula is specially constructed to create a “scaffold” of sorts, so your skin can continue to build its collagen naturally.

How long do results last?

Because of its collagen-stimulating effects over time, Radiesse tends to have great longevity. Radiesse injections generally hold up for up to 1 year.

What should I expect with the treatment?

To start, you and Dr. Brandish will develop an individualized treatment plan to determine if Radiesse is the best tool for the desired result. She is an expert injector with an artistic eye and years of experience using injectable fillers to contour the face and turn back the clock.

Before the treatment, Dr. Brandish uses topical numbing agents to minimize discomfort with the injection of the filler. All dermal fillers contain numbing agents as well to make treatment even more comfortable. Injections are often performed using a specialized technique with a cannula so that minimal bruising is seen after treatment. A device called the Accuvein light may also be used to directly visualize the underlying vessels in the tissue around the injection site to further avoid bruising and make treatment safer.

Even with these extra precautions, there may be some mild redness, bruising, or swelling. This may last a few days, but the advanced precautions are taken at Brandish Clinic help make optimal treatments much easier and minimize any downtime. For the first 48 hours after the procedure be sure to be gentle with the treated areas, and try to minimize your contact with the injection sites.

As with any medical procedure, it’s important to understand that recovery times may vary patient-to-patient, and this is also the reality with cosmetic procedures like Radiesse filler injections.

Are there side effects to be aware
of with Radiesse?

According to the Radiesse website, the most commonly observed side effects are bruising, redness, and swelling. These are typically quite mild, and they should dissipate within several days depending on the treatment site. Dr. Brandish uses a soft-tipped cannula for the injection of dermal fillers to significantly minimize bruising and downtime and to make the procedure much safer to administer.

More information about side effects can be found on Radiesse’s website.

Radiesse Summary

Radiesse is a unique dermal filler that is used to restore youthful vitality in the aging face and hands. It taps into the natural mechanisms of the skin’s structural strength by naturally stimulating the growth of collagen, a common structural protein in the body. It’s a safe and effective way to treat moderate-to-severe facial lines, and wrinkles, as well as restoring facial volume and rejuvenating aging hands.

How do I get started?

If you’re interested in hearing more or in scheduling an appointment, contact our office at

and we’ll take care of you. We offer free consultation appointments as well if you’d like to simply go over any problem areas and see if Radiesse or other treatment options may be the most effective solution.